Local elections taking place across Latvia

June 3 sees Latvians going to the polls across the country for municipal-level elections.

As previously reported by LSM, polling stations are open from 0700 until 2200 local time.

Updates regarding turnout can be monitored throughout the day at the website of the Central Election Commission HERE

Many people took advantage of the chance of early voting during the last two days so that by the time polling stations opened on June 3, 10% of the eligible electorate had already cast their ballots.

By 0900 on Saturday morning, that figure had passed 12% and at the close of polls, turnout was just over 50%.

While local councillors and city mayors will be decided from among 8,900 candidates across the country, much attention will inevitably focus on the capital, Riga, and incumbent mayor Nils Usakovs' bid to secure a third consecutive term in one of the most powerful positions in the country.

There is a strict ban on campaigning during election day. 

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